College can be one of the greatest experiences of your life. While pursuing an education, you’re going to be meeting so many amazing people and discovering so many experiences that weren’t even on your radar. However, as I accumulated a few months of college under my belt, I realized the college life had some definite struggles.
You’re Broke All The Time
I had saved up a lot of money before I attended college, and by my second semester, I had nearly blown it all. You don’t think about what you’re spending money on until it’s all gone. For the last few weeks, I had to live strictly on a dining hall diet and macaroni and cheese because I had spent too much money on clothes and food. People will do crazy things for real food.
No More Home Cooked Meals
Unless you live close to home, no more of your mom’s favorite cooking. I can’t tell you how many times I was missing my mom’s meatball sliders or her breakfast casserole but was stuck with dining hall food! Although it isn’t the worst thing in the world, all the tastes begin to blur together.
Classes Are a Lot Harder Than in High School
Forget the easy A classes and never having any homework. In college, you will have almost twice the work and your grades are weighted a lot heavier than normal. One of my classes was based entirely on four test scores. That’s it! No extra credit or other homework assignments. If you want to do well in your courses, you’re going to have to work hard.
You’re On Your Own For Almost Everything
I have to admit, I was a bit spoiled when I lived at home. I never had to do laundry, hardly had any chores, and I almost never had to make my own meals. I had to do all of these things myself when I got to college and it was a bit of a difficult transition at first. I ended up adjusting fine, but for other people like me, it might be a tough experience.
Your Parents Can’t Take Care of Everything For You
Unlike when you were younger, your parents can’t call your professors if their son/daughter is having issues. Although they might listen, they won’t take them seriously at all. If you’re having a problem, you’re going to have to solve it yourself if you want anything to be done about it.
Sleep Is Nonexistent
Getting enough sleep is very important to me and it still is! Unfortunately, it sort of disappears from your schedule after a while. As life gets more hectic and unpredictable, making time for homework and social life seems to be prioritized over sleeping. If you’re looking to get your full eight hours in, start planning it into your schedule NOW.
Dating is Near Impossible
If you think college is full of mature guys looking for a potential girlfriend, think again. I was so surprised to see that the maturity level of guys hadn’t changed a bit, and all the guys I did find suitable were taken! There are good guys out there, don’t get me wrong, but you’ll have to put in work to find them.
Parking is a Nightmare
I can’t tell you how much time I’ve spent circling the parking lots just to find an empty spot. I’ve gotten so desperate I’ve followed someone back to their car just to snag their spot! Never take your parking situation at home for granted because it will become the biggest annoyance of your life!
You Will Lose a Lot of High School Friends
I was one of those people that didn’t have a lot of friends in high school, but I had a small group of close friends that I felt really connected to and hung out with and that’s all I needed! As you all start to go your separate ways those friendships start to dwindle unless you put in some serious work to keep them alive. I feel a lot of those friendships fading and sometimes there’s not much you can do about it.
Free Time is Not Going to Be a Thing
I’m very involved on my college campus so free time is almost unheard of. I have my classes, studying, homework, sorority meetings, club meets, and finally, you need to slip in a few hours of sleep. It starts to get overwhelming at times to the point where you feel trapped in your own skin with no room to breathe.
My first year of college was certainly a struggle, but I learned so many new skills and ways to problem solve. The first year isn’t easy, but it is fun and full of doors waiting to be opened by you, so get excited and enjoy!